GFWC Towanda Nokomis
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
This quote sums up the collective power of GFWC volunteers, who belong to clubs both large and small. It is especially relevant for the women of the GFWC Towanda Nokomis Club (Kansas). With eight members, the club is proving that a small group of committed citizens can, in fact, change the world.
The club’s motto, “Success Comes in Cans, Failure in Cant’s” demonstrates the positive outlook of its members. One of the club’s first major successes was establishing the Towanda Public Library in 1936, and this support continues today through club-sponsored fundraisers, book donations, and volunteering with the Friends of the Towanda Library.
“It’s a small club but we get a lot done,” said club president Pat Varner, who has been a member for over 50 years. “I really enjoy the people in our club.”
Members demonstrate GFWC’s commitment to honoring our nation’s veterans by supporting the VA Hospital in nearby Wichita. The club donates coffee, drinks, and other items to bring comfort to veterans. They also support schools by baking cookies during National Teachers Appreciation Week, collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup labels, and donating school supplies.
In addition to supporting organizations unique to their community, The Towanda Nokomis Club also focuses its volunteer power on several of GFWC’s Partners, including HOBY, Heifer, and Operation Smile, by providing scholarships and sewing gowns, dolls, and “No-No” armbands.
The club is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. If you are interested in joining the GFWC Towanda Nokomis Club, contact Pat Varner at 620-752-3539.
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